April 25th, 2009
12:30 PM ET
14 years ago

Protesters clash with police outside IMF meetings


Protesters clash with police officers at a rally around the IMF and World Bank in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. Photo credit: CNN.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Protesters clashed with police Saturday during a rally aimed at disrupting the International Monetary Fund and World Bank spring meetings.

Protesters assembled at various rallying points throughout Washington before converging in Franklin Square, a few blocks from the White House. A group of more than 100 protestors then marched to the IMF building chanting, "Down with the IMF, down with the World Bank, down with capitalism."

The marchers circled the IMF and World Bank buildings before attempting to turn onto Pennsylvania Avenue, which had been barricaded by police.

A shoving match ensued between protesters and police. One police officer fell to the ground shortly before pepper spray was released into the crowd. According to Cmdr. James Crane of the city's police department, one officer was injured in the scuffle, which occurred after protesters failed to follow police direction and move onto the sidewalk.

One protester was taken from the scene in an ambulance, and one police officer sustained minor injuries.

Earlier Saturday morning, six people were arrested in connection with the vandalism of two banks. Crane said the suspects were believed to be possibly connected to the IMF protest groups.

Filed under: World Bank
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Wedge

    Gee. Remember how violence-free the tea parties were... I guess that's a big difference between te liberal and conservative protesters. And before anyone tries to tell me these weren't liberal, conservatives wouldn't shout 'down with capitalism'.

    April 25, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. DA

    While I support protesters, I never quite understand why they always have to get violent?
    People would listen to what they have to say if they would do it in a peaceful way!!!

    April 25, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. Mary Lou

    If Capitalism goes away, who will be working to support the protestors?

    April 25, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. eom

    Down with the IMF, down with the World Bank, down with capitalism!

    April 25, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. x0xb0x

    "Down with the IMF, down with the World Bank, down with capitalism."

    April 25, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. MSW

    what time did this happen? I was on Mass. Ave around 3:30, and 20 police cars with sirens passed by.

    April 25, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. ben

    Why are republicans still bitter?

    April 25, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. big papa

    This picture is what real patriotic Americans should be doing...

    ...in front of Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, and George W. Bush's homes...

    ...as well as the Republican't members of Congress and their media minions Sean Hannity, Rush Limabaugh, and Joe Scumborough's homes for aiding and abetting those monsters...

    ...DEMANDING their arrest and prosecution for war crimes and crimes against humanity...

    April 25, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Brenda

    Oh must be a group of those red-neck, bible carrying, radicals on the right gun protecters uh?

    April 25, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. Brian Peppers

    I support the protesters. I don't agree with the IMF or World Bank or the Federal Reserve system.

    April 25, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. lizard

    Somehow I don't think that these are right wing protestors!!!!!!

    April 25, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Jim - Netranger17

    Let the Riots Begin!!!!

    April 25, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. katiec

    We will, unfortunately, see more of this.
    With the republicans constantly inciting hate, anger, unrest, lies,
    distortions and hypocrasy, they have stirred up those easly looking
    for an excuse to vent their bias, prejudice and ignorance.
    Protesting is fine but needs to be done on true causes, not
    because of a political party trying to destroy our country.

    April 25, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. Will, NJ

    Don't these people have anything better to do? Like a job or finding a job?

    April 25, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
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